05/23/11 8:45 PM ET
Off-days likely to bring end to six-man rotation
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
Manager Ozzie Guillen said general manager Ken Williams is on the trip and the plan is to sit down and talk about how to handle the extra starting pitcher. The White Sox started a 10-game road trip with three games in Texas, followed by four games at Toronto and three more in Boston.
"Right now we have a plan," Guillen said. "Maybe through this trip, but later on maybe not, because if we have some days off, somebody is going to not pitch in seven or eight days. I don't know if we want to deal with that."
Guillen and Williams will have a tough job at hand with six quality starters currently in the rotation. Jake Peavy will start Tuesday's game and Gavin Floyd on Wednesday. Monday's starter John Danks, Edwin Jackson, Philip Humber and ace Mark Buerhle are also currently in the rotation.
Guillen isn't worried about telling one of them they're going to the bullpen.
"It's not about one guy," Guillen said. "It's about the ballclub. We don't want to do it to anybody."
Ramirez's hot stretch earns POW honors
ARLINGTON -- White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez was named the American League Player of the Week after batting .417 for the period ending May 22.
Ramirez had 10 hits in 24-bats with six doubles, a home run and nine RBIs. He had seven RBis in two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend.
"It's a big honor for me, especially being the first time I've gotten it." Ramirez said through White Sox interpreter Jackson Miranda. "I was really excited to hear [about it] this morning from [hitting coach Greg] Walker."
Ramirez is the third White Sox player to be given the weekly honor. Carlos Quentin was the AL Player of the Week from April 1-3, and Paul Konerko shared the award for April 4-10.
Ramirez has been a slow starter in the past, but he has shown more patience at the plate with 17 walks in 46 games. Compare that to 18 walks in 136 games as a rookie in 2008. Ramirez is on a pace for 60 walks this season, which would better his 49 walks in 2009. He had 27 in 156 games last season.
"Right now, he surprises me," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Little by little, he's starting to learn the league. Right now, he has more experience not chasing the bad pitches."
Extra day has Peavy feeling 'better than ever'
ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Jake Peavy will be back on the mound on Tuesday against the Rangers, six days after his shutout against steaming hot Cleveland.
Peavy, who will be making his third start since returning from surgery last year, allowed three hits and no walks against the Indians. It was his first win since June 25, 2010.
He said on Monday that he feels better than ever after throwing his bullpen session on Saturday. The White Sox are currently using a six-man rotation, so Peavy is probably the biggest beneficiary of an extra day off.
"I threw a nice little side," Peavy said. "The extra day is so big. Today should be my day. I have no problems pitching on this day. That extra day is big in recovering and it's just one more day for you to feel even better than you already do."
It's strange to be pitching in a six-man rotation -- the Red Sox are the only other team to do it this season -- but Peavy said it might help out all of the starters later in the season.
"When you have six guys who are throwing the ball as well as we have, knock on wood, we have six guys who give us a chance every time we go out," Peavy said. "I can't see us staying in this the rest of the season, but I can't see us not having a little bit of an advantage over guys in August and September when we have to be 'whip hard,' so to speak, going out of the back stretch. At that point in time, you're letting it all hang out. I can see us being a little bit ahead of the pack."
Paul Konerko needs a home run to tie former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk at 376 home runs, good for 66th all-time in the Major Leagues.
Reliever Jesse Crain, who lives in Houston, is 3-1 with an 0.00 ERA in 19 relief appearances against the Rangers.
The White Sox led the AL with 41 doubles in May entering Monday's game.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.